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Ridiculous anxiety about my nose - I know it's stupid but it's ruining my health
I've suffered with general anxiety most of my life. I have recently become obsessed with the thought that I will have a massive nosebleed that will put me in hospital. I get a stuffy nose quite often. I regularly get spotting (every couple of weeks) which I'm pretty sure is when I dislodge crusts (sorry!) when I blow my nose. Sometimes the inside of my nose gets a bit dry and will bleed slightly. But I haven't had a proper nosebleed for a couple of years.
I'm getting myself completely stressed about it. I daren't have a drink in case it thins my blood, I daren't take a bath in case the heat causes my nose to bleed, I dont exercise because I think that getting hot increases the risk of a bleed, I spend my day dabbing at my nose with a hankie to check if it's bleeding. It really is ruining my life and making me really stressed.
Is it normal for your nose to spot blood occasionally and how can I get myself to stop panicking?
Stuffy, this is anxiety. It is not really about your nose. So don't be embarrassed about that.
Plus, doctors will have heard a million and one odd things. I once went to the doctor about a slightly mad addiction I was desperate to shake. He was brilliant and took it seriously even though he must have wanted to laugh. So don't be embarrassed at all.
You won't end up in hospital because of a nosebleed, unless you have some sort of clotting disorder, which you don't, because as you say, your nose spots a bit but you don't get heavy, unstoppable bleeding, right? In fact, even 20 minutes of bleeding from the nose wouldn't put you in danger, so if you do have that sort of nosebleed (which is still fairly common), you'll still be ok.
And yes, you need to address the anxiety issue. Doctor won't laugh at you, he'll be aware that the nosebleed obsession is just one of the manifestations of the disorder, rather than some silly worry iyswim.
Nosebleeds are common, I used to get them a lot, especially after I had my tonsils out when I was 13. No warning, my nose would piss out blood for no reason and it did for years. It's still not quite right now and i'm 34.
Do see your gp, anxiety can rule your life, they wont laugh, it's a geniune illness.